Sunday, September 02, 2007

More Domestic Terror in Iran

Iran hanged a man in public on Sunday for killing a judge, Fars News Agency reported, the latest of a series of executions that have been criticised by rights groups and European states.
The 28-year old, named only as Amir-Hossein R., was convicted of the murder in July of a judge in Gharchak, a town 40 km (25 miles) south of Tehran, the report said.

The number of executions, many in public, has risen since July with the launch of a summer crackdown on "immoral behaviour". During the campaign, police have arrested dozens of drug addicts, smugglers, rapists and murderers.

The clamp down has also included an initiative to confront youths who fail to adhere to Iran's strict Islamic dress codes. Youths found flouting the rules may be verbally reprimanded on the spot or briefly detained.

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